Nigerian Christian schoolgirl ‘escaped’, only to be sent back to Boko Haram

Nigerian Christian schoolgirl ‘escaped’, only to be sent back to Boko Haram
The only Christian among the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month by Boko Haram ran away from her kidnappers but was caught and brought back three days later, according to fellow captives, reports the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Leah Sharibu, 15, and two other girls walked for three days and, hungry and exhausted, . . . Read More

Nigeria: 9 dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambush Christians in Plateau

Nigeria: 9 dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambush Christians in Plateau
Nine Christians were shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Plateau State on Tuesday night (7 November), as they returned from a weekly village market. Four more were injured during the incident in the Riyom Local Government Area (LGA), which happened at around 7.30pm. Seven were killed instantly, . . . Read More

Nigerian government has failed to counteract violence of Fulani herdsmen – ICG report

Nigerian government has failed to counteract violence of Fulani herdsmen – ICG report
In Nigeria, it isn’t only the northeast regions, stronghold of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, that have witnessed severe violence. The Middle Belt of the country, which straddles the divide between the largely Muslim north and the majority-Christian south, is also the scene of ever-continuing violence between settled farmers, . . . Read More

Nigeria: when Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash

Fulani cattle herds in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria, July 2016 (Open Doors International)
Many experts on Nigeria now believe that violence across the Middle Belt, which World Watch Monitor has reported at length, has been responsible for more deaths than Boko Haram. As Emmanuel Akinwotu wrote last year in the New Statesman, the conflict – between ‘indigenous’ settled farmers (mainly Christian) and nomadic . . . Read More